Archive for the ‘art’ Category

Once again I find myself so enthralled with a New Yorker article that I’ve gone to Google to look up images to accompany the article.  Don’t get me wrong: I love the look of the magazine, and I understand that the addition of photos to articles was in itself a controversial move.  But sometimes, the article’s subject begs more visual references.  So here are a few, dug up from the vast archives of the Internet to supplement an article about Arup, a structural engineering firm that has provided the technical know-how to execute conceptually imaginative designs by architects and artists.  Other images can be found on this slide show from the New Yorker website.

Marsyas, designed by Anish Kapoor (who also did the shiny sculpture at Millennium Park in Chicago):


A private home near Bordeaux, designed by Rem Koorhaas:

Bordeaux home

Beijing National Aquatics Center, designed by PTW Architects:

Beijing National Aquatics Center

Your favorite?  I vote for the National Aquatics Center (still not finished, apparently).


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Inspired by this New Yorker article (yes, I’m three months behind, not counting the four months I skipped in January in order to catch up, which clearly has not worked), by a December visit to this Guggenheim exhibition with my brother, and by the Iberian Culture and Civilization course I taught recently, here are Picasso’s takes on some of the Great Masters that preceded him:

1. Rembrandt’s Jupiter and Antiope and Picasso’s Faun Unveiling a Sleeping Woman:

Jupiter and Antiope

Faun Unveiling a Woman

2. Velázquez’s Las Meninas and one of Picasso’s versions

Las Meninas

Las Meninas

3. Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe and one of Picasso’s versions:

Le Dejeuner sur l’Herbe

Le Dejeuner sur l’Herbe

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